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28 Catt. 3: In re Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

2014 February 19
by CATTLEYA, J.

Opinion of JUSTICE CATTLEYA, in chambers.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Last week I reviewed the crème brûlée doughnut from Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken. See In re Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, 28 Catt. 2 (2014). Today I turn my attention to Astro’s Nutella doughnut.

Menu Chalkboard

Menu Chalkboard

When I first stood in front of Astro’s menu chalkboard, I paused for a moment and pretended to weigh the options. In reality, I knew that I was going to order a crème brûlée doughnut because it had become the breakout star of Astro’s menu. It has been reported that Astro’s shop goes through as many as 4,000 crème brûlée doughnuts per week. It was my duty, I felt, to review it. For my second doughnut (of course there had to be a second), I was determined to pick a flavor for no one but myself. And my stomach only had eyes for the Nutella doughnut.

Nutella and I are a dangerous pair. My deep love for it has led to its banishment from my home. It can have no place in my cupboard, or else I would spread it on bananas for breakfast, infuse it into hot chocolate for second breakfast, add it into a crêpe for elevenses, melt it into ice cream after lunch, pair it with shortbread cookies for afternoon tea, bake it into brownies after dinner, and eat a spoonful—straight up—after supper. (Yes, I follow the meal schedule of a hobbit.)

Nutella Doughnut ($2.50)

Overall, Astro’s Nutella doughnut was glad-I-tried-it good, but not must-have-it-again great.

Crème Brûlée & Nutella Doughnuts

Crème Brûlée & Nutella Doughnuts

The good: The Nutella glaze was silky, creamy, and stuck to your fingers in the best kind of way. It was the complete opposite of the cold and stiff glaze on Entenmann’s Rich Frosted Donuts (my personal favorite as a junk-food-loving kid), which typically cracked and fell apart when I bit into it. Flavor-wise, Astro’s Nutella flavoring was strong and rich and tasted unmistakably like chocolate and hazelnut. Astro even garnished the donut with hazelnuts, but the visual clue to the flavoring was wholly unnecessary, as the sweet scent of Nutella filled my senses even before my first bite.

The not-so-good: The doughnut was much too dense. Instead of a light and fluffy doughnut, or even a heavier yet moist cake doughnut, Astro’s Nutella doughnut was very bready. Texturally, it was not what I expected, or wanted. See also In re Pho Wheels, 24 Catt. 1 (2013) (finding Astro doughnut, used for a sandwich, to be thick and dry).

Conclusion

Because Astro’s Nutella doughnut is not street food, the doughnut must prove its own merits. See In re Eat Wonky, 2 Catt. 5 (2011) (defining street food); In re Big Cheese, 6 Catt. 2 (2012) (discussing burden of proof); Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, 28 Catt. 2 (holding Astro’s doughnut not to be street food). Although the Nutella flavoring was spot on, the doughnut’s bready texture was a significant shortcoming, and so the case is

AFFIRMED in part and REMANDED in part to Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken for revision.

 

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